Sunday, 13 July 2008

The naming of Brazil

1)One of the most thorough examinations of the phoneme "brz" is associated with the color red, tracing its origins to ancient Middle Eastern history.

2) Brazil was the name of an island of medieval Celtic legend, supposedly west of Ireland ("Brasil" is bisected island southwest of "Hibernia") and visited by St. Brendan in the early Middle Ages. That island, "Hy Brazil" was recounted in the novel Summer of the Red Wolf by Morris L. West to be a "blessed stormless isle, where all men are good and all the women pure and where God retreats for a recreation from the rest of us."

3) The word "brazil" is associated with a type of dyewood tree (Caesalpinia sappan) that grew in the Indian regions of the Portuguese empire.

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